• Sunday, September 23, 2018
Go Behind the Scenes at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Go Behind the Scenes at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens is unlike most other local theme parks due to its more than 300 exotic animal inhabitants. In addition to some of Central Florida’s most thrilling attractions, the park is home to a variety of species from all over the world. Parkgoers can get even more animal action by embarking on 11 different Insider Tours offered at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Aldabra Tortoise Insider Tour (NEW)

The Aldabra Tortoise Tour is a new addition to the insider experiences offered at Busch Gardens Tampa. The one of a kind kid-friendly tour allows guests age 5 and older to look around the habitat of one of the largest tortoises in the world. Tour participants will meet zoo specialists as well as help make snacks in the Animal Care Center and join in the tortoises’ enrichment activities.

Cost: $19 per person

Heart of Africa Insider Tour

During the 30-minute Heart of Africa Tour guests can go behind the scenes at Edge of Africa, getting up close to African animals like hippos and lions. Animal experts explain how they feed, enrich, and conserve the exotic animals and compare the differences in diets, behaviors and habitats of the creatures in this area. To participate in this experience, you must be at least 10 years old.

Cost: $29 per person

Penguin Insider Tour

At Penguin Point people taking the Penguin Insider Tour will meet with Busch Gardens’ team of penguin keepers and learn how the experts care for the warm weathered African penguins, a highly endangered species. The 30 minute walking tour is open to all guests who are 5 years old or older.

Cost: $29 per person

Elephant Insider Tour

If you dream of getting close to one of the world’s largest land mammals, then the Elephant Insider Tour is the perfect choice. Guests of this experience will get the chance to tour the care facility and learn how the keepers train and feed the giant Asian elephants. The keepers will also provide insights on how conservation efforts in Asia and Africa are supported by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. You must be 10 years or older to join this 30 minute tour.

Cost: $29 per person

Tiger Insider Tour

The Tiger Insider Tour offers a behind the scenes look at Asia’s top predator in its home at Jungala. At the state-of-the-art habitat, which houses Malayan and Bengal Tigers, tour participants will discover how keepers carefully train, care for, and work with the fierce animals each day. During the 30 minute tour, guides will also explain how the Conservation Fun supports these wild cats.

Cost: $29 per person

Cheetah Insider Tour (NEW)

Go behind the scenes with the fastest land mammal at the new Cheetah Insider Tour, where guests can help design enrichment activities for the animals and get exclusive access to amazing view points of the animal habitat. Keepers will also demonstrate how they work with and train the cheetahs. To join the 30 minute tour, you must be 10 years old or older.

Cost: $29 per person

Gorilla Insider Tour (NEW)

Another new behind the scenes experience at Busch Gardens Tampa is the Gorilla Insider Tour, which is a trek into the Myombe Reserve for an inside look at the park’s troop of gorillas. Participants who are 8 years old or older can view the habitat from above in special access points that are exclusive to the tour, as well as join in enrichment activities and learn about conservation initiatives created to help preserve the critically endangered species.

Cost: $29 per person

Animal Care Center Tour

Fans of the Emmy-nominated series “The Wildlife Docs” will love the Animal Care Center tour. The 45 minute experience leads guests through Busch Gardens’ state of the art Animal Care facility including the treatment rooms, labs and surgical suites that are featured on the popular docuseries. The professionals at the care clinic, who care for both the inhabitants of Busch Gardens as well as other wildlife cases, will explain to guests what it takes to treat thousands of different creatures each day. Lucky guess may even have the chance to meet some of the vets who star in The Wildlife Docs.

Cost: $29 per person

Guided Adventure Tour

Groups of up to 15 people can come together for the Guided Adventure Tour, led by a park expert who will offer insider info as they escort guests around the Busch Gardens. The tour lasts about 5 hours and includes front-of-the-line access to the park’s top thrill rides, up close animal encounters on the Serengeti Safari, and complimentary lunch. Throughout the day, participants will get a unique look at the park’s critters like zebras, giraffes, and ostriches.

Cost: $99 per person

Elite Adventure Tour

For a completely customized VIP tour, guests can embark on the Elite Adventure Tour. The seven hour private tour is the most exclusive way to spend the day at Busch Gardens, with front of the line access to attractions of your choice, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a guided tour of the animal exhibits.

Cost: $199 per person

Keeper For A Day Tour

The Keeper For A Day Tour is perfect for guests who would consider working with animals a dream job. The six-and-a-half hour tour allows participants to work alongside the Animal Care team as they spend the day taking care of the park’s exotic inhabitants. Starting with feeding giraffes and antelopes, guests will get up close to a variety of species while learning about their specific diets, behaviors, and wild animal counterparts.

Cost: $249 per person

For more information on making your tour reservations, click here. These additional experiences are not included in park admission, so you’ll need separate entrance to the park on the day of your tour. You can find great deals on Busch Gardens tickets on tickets2you.com!

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